We are actively committed to children, youth and families in difficulty, Apprentis d’Auteuil’s goal along with our partners, is to be heard on a regional, national and international level to change the way people think and influence public policies.
Our advocacy always aims to promote the implementation and the respect of children’s rights as well as those of their parents. In France, our advocacy is based on convictions, described in the publication "Plaidoyer pour la jeunesse en difficulté" Advocacy for youth in difficulty which was published in 2012 at the occasion of the legislative and presidential elections in France:
- Reaffirm the educational role of parents
- Take action with regard to school withdrawal
- Reinvent the gateway to an active life
We also speak on behalf of child protection. Internationally, we rely more generally on all our beliefs, shared with our partners, to defend along with them, children and family rights according to the country’s needs and problems.
Our actions of advocacy
- In France
The considerable number of people that we touch by our actions as well as our technical expertise, allows us to contribute to the elaboration and redirection of public policies and laws. Therefore, we submit oral and/or written contributions to public authorities as part of consultations or developments in law on themes such as family, child protection, reworking the school system.
With our partners, we rally the general public and we call out to the public authorities on social issues by means of protests, conferences, campaigns on the social networks or media and appeal platforms. We are notably in partnership with ATD Quart Monde as part of the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty on October 17. Apprentis d’Auteuil is also member of an advisory council of the National Agency for the Battle Against Illiteracy, we implemented illiteracy awareness campaigns all through 2013 as part of the label "grande cause nationale" (Great National Cause) given by the Prime Minister with regard to illiteracy. With the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE) or UNICEF, we participate in awareness actions on children’s rights via public events (Festival of documentary film Children in the World, platform jeparledemesdroits.fr).
Apprentis d’Auteuil is a member of the International Catholic Center of Geneva, we defend the case of children in difficulty within the United Nations and notably its human rights departments. In this respect, we submitted, in 2012, input to the UN on isolated foreign minors in France. In 2014, we submitted two contributions through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR):
- one on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where we intervene in partnership with different associations including in particular the REEJEER
- the other in October on the rights of children in Madagascar
At the end of 2014, Apprentis d’Auteuil, along with UNICEF submitted an alternative account to the report from the French government on the application of the treaty, International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Side by side with other French bodies working internationally, we mobilize the general public by speaking together on the dramatic situations occurring in some countries ravaged by conflicts, such as the Central African Republic (link Tribune). In May 2014, Apprentis obtained the special advisory status from the ECOSOC Committee of the United Nations and we can therefore engage directly with UN mechanisms in order to defend the cause of young people and families. Finally, we support our partners in the application, locally, of their advocacy actions. This was the case for the revision of the law regarding the protection of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also the case for the recognition of foster families or the efficiency of insertion support measures in Morocco.